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I have two theories as to why I’ve been feeling all grunge-types of angsty lately. One, I’ve been REALLY into chokers and when they join forces with my shaggy baby bangs, I just see Courtney Love in the mirror. Two, I’m actually depressed. Literally. No punchline.

I’m gonna go with the former, at least long enough to cover this outfit. Then we can get real.

Lane Bryant Prabal Gurung plus size skirt

Ugh band tees and skirts. Did I ever tell you about the time I wore my un-cut, long and boxy AF Marilyn Manson shirt with a pink circle skirt for a solid week in college? Of course, I didn’t have the fucking sense to tuck it in or do anything to make it look at all good. I was just too stoked that I could, in theory, pair these two pieces of clothing I loved. I was just starting to wear women’s clothing on the reg at that point so there was a learning curve. Obviously.

In Utero shirt

Anyway, that was my first band tee/skirt combo and many other have followed sense. I feel like this is my Patronus outfit. This is the type of look that literally is me. It’s trash but its fancy trash?

Lane Bryant Prabal Gurung plus size skirt

OK so back to the real shit. I am now at the six-month mark since I quit my job and started freelancing and blogging full-time. My life is better in many ways. My life is worse in maybe a few more? It’s hard to tell. How can you really be objective about your own life? Either way, I’m having a tough time a lot of the time and this is something I haven’t said since a couple of years ago when I was trying to find a job that was the right fit after Vince was born. It’s just difficult to sit in and surrender to. It’s hard not to immediately get into fix-it mode. There might not be anything to fix. There may just be some adjusting on my part. In the meantime, I’ll keep doing what I know works–pairing band tees with skirts. 😉

Shopping Linkies:

Prabal Gurung lace-up skirt | Lane Bryant (2.5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
In Utero shirt | Amazon

 

It may not look like it on the reg, but my style is rooted in chola. This is thanks to my big sister, cousins and their collective crew that were just the most badass bitches I had ever and probably will ever see. They taught me how to wrap my bun in a bandana, how to sharpen my winged eyeliner to razor points, and that every piece of clothing I could ever need was waiting for me at the army surplus–from baggy Ben’s to a canvas belt with a big “B” on the slide buckle. Although if I needed black house slippers and hoodless windbreakers, I’d have to take my gordita ass to Kmart, homes. But one style staple I never got to embrace from my Mexican roots was the bright, woven tapestry of a zarape.

zarape mini skirt mi vida boutique

These colors, mang. Again, I use things that are totally not neutrals as neutrals, like GOLD FUCKING LEOPARD PRINT, to give them room to pop.

Rue 107 gold leopard print crop top

And pop, they dooo.

Zarape plus size mini skirt

I remember my mom went to Mazatlan with her girlfriends when I was young enough for it to feel like a year even though it was probably a four-day weekend. She came back with a doll wearing a dress just like this skirt. Really wish I had kept. Would have been one hell of a photo opp. Tonta.

Rue 107 gold leopard print plus size crop top

Oh well. Seeing the city in my sunnies almost makes up for what could have been. Anyway, everyone should check out Mi Vida Boutique. They are based in LA and took a custom order on this skirt to accommodate my plus-size culo. All I had to do was email them! Check them out right meow. Also, buy me this pin, pleece:

CHILLONA DICE PIN

Shopping Linkies:

Gold leopard crop top | Rue 107 (last season)
Zarape skirt | Mi Vida Boutique

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Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you–you receive birthday and Christmas presents from a few different people but start to notice a theme emerging. Then after the tenth present with the same theme, someone finally says, “I know you like these. I see you with them all the time.” That is apparently the story of how I ended up with everything skull and skeleton when I was in high school. To me, I maybe wore the same Misfits shirt every day and had ONE purse with a skull and crossbones on it but I never thought to myself gee I fucking love bones cover my life in bones pleece. But yeah. I guess I gravitated.

Skeleton bracelet

This bracelet is bad ass, I must say. I actually bought it a long time ago and almost didn’t include it in this look until I saw it shining from under a pile of jewelry on my shelf and said what the hell. Also, I almost didn’t buy those leather bow flats because I thought they were fugly. Yet it’s that kind of fugly that haunts you and ends up in your shopping cart the minute you turn your back. They make me feel like a fancy nurse.

Maria Paulina plus size dress

Oh but the print on this dress, guys. I did always appreciate bright goth looks. Maria Paulina is a plus size brand I had never before tried. And while this piece is meant to be a mini dress, I still think my midgety self looks pretty rad in it.

Skeleton bracelet

Maria Paulina plus size dress

So there is more boney goodness in store. I recently saw a friend on Facebook rocking this INSANE spine crown, literally dropped what I was doing to ask her where she got it. She actually modeled it for a friend’s Etsy shop. Said friend let me borrow it for this shoot, which I like to call my heavy metal take on Dia de los Muertos.

Eloquii pom pom dress

Eloquii white gauze dress

How’s that for some ghostly La Llorona vibes? If you hear weeping in your backyard, it me.

Spine crown

JK I’m cloot.

Eloquii red pom pom dress

(All Polaroids courtesy of Jessica Shirley-Donnelly)

I fricken love Polaroids. I feel like every person on Earth should own a Polaroid picture of their mother looking young and fabulous. I know I have a few. Now my spawn will have something to bring out while drunk and nostalgic.

 Shopping Linkies:

Maki mini dress | Maria Paulina
Skull bracelet | Amazon
MIA bow sneakers | Amazon
Pom pom dress | Eloquii (Get 3.5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Spinal crown | Custom order from The Bone Cat on Etsy (Follow her on Facebook and IG)

If you follow my personal Facebook page, you got an eye- and ear-full of the spastic joy I experienced getting these goddamn shoes in the mail. First, I know I am late but I had no idea alllllll the sick Vans were on Opening Ceremony. Like I’m a little upset no one told me and that I just assumed the best Vans were on Vans.com LIKE AN IDIOT.
Opening Ceremony blue glitter Vans

You also caught a glimpse into my thought process around constructing outfits. Indeed, there is a method to the madness. And my madness screamed EXTRAPOLATE ON THE GLITTER BETCH. So I went with this silver glitter dress that I cut into a crop. Then my madness screamed USE LEOPARD AS A NEUTRAL BETCH. She is rude but she’s not wrong.

Forever 21 Plus cheetah stripe pencil skirt

I already knew I was going to go with a bold blue lip to tie in the shoes but then, oh that madness and her banshee voice—YOU HAVE A MATCHING NECKLACE BETCH OMG. I actually totes forgot. It’s been quite a while since I have featured it.

Blue glitter necklace

Finally, she was silenced. By sparkle.

Opening Ceremony blue glitter Vans

An amazing friend I met at last year’s We All Glow summit was in town to play a show with San Cha (who is liiiiiife). I was already in this outfit but thennnnnn…ok so I’m diving deep into suspenders. Mostly because I’m Single White (or Married Brown?) Female-ing Virgie Tovar. These babies came in the mail just before I was heading to the show.

Tape measure suspenders

That’s right I’M TAKING BACK MEASURING TAPE. I will no longer be oppressed by the emotional weight of inches around my waist. I will take that shit as seriously as superfluous clothing. Stay tuned for more outfits with theeeeeeeeese. I love them.

Shopping Linkies:

Blue glitter Vans | SOLD OUT! Find them on Ebay
Eye of the tiger skirt | Forever 21
Liquid Suede Lipstick in Jet Set | NYX
Bucket Boss suspenders | Amazon

For my second venture into meta fashion, this little crop top posed a formidable challenge–finding the perfect green ankle boot. That particular color of green is hard to come by and I still didn’t get it completely right. However, this pointed rain boot really made me happier about the long, wet winter we’ve been having. (These photos were taken within a two-hour sunny window).

Green pointed rain boots

I don’t know if I’ve talked about these Lovesick jeans, but they are my go-to butt jeans. I fucking love them. I am my most feeling-myself self in them.

Green boots plus size crop top

As you can see, this is a pretty subtle meta fashion look so I felt the need to take THIS picture to fully get the point across:

Green pointed rain boots

I got so many pebbles down my chones. Suffer for art. I know I look like I’ve fallen and I can’t get up but I fucking love this shot. Not bad for a tripod. Humble brag.

Green boots plus size crop top

Shopping Linkes:

Graphic print top | Shein (6% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
High rise skinny jeans | Lovesick (2% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Ankle rain boot | Amazon
Ultra Satin Lip in Marshmallow | ColourPop 

I just can’t resist a co-ord. Can’t do it. Also, you probably already know about my mustard problem. Naturally, Rebdolls rendered me completely helpless when I saw this baby while browsing. I had also just dyed my hair rose gold and found my perfect nude lipstick so really? Like I had a choice? Buy it or just miss out on this killer color palette? Like how?

Rebdolls yellow two piece set

I decided to have the pants cut ankle-length because I find full-length wide-leg trousers to be disrespectful. Sometimes I want to wear a heel. Most times I don’t. What I never want is to marry a certain pant to a certain shoe. My pants need to be free to check out other shoes without consequence. Stop trying to tie my pants down!

Rebdolls yellow two piece set

Rebdolls yellow two piece set

As much as I love these together, I can’t wait to split them up. However, they have serious power combined. I haven’t been complimented by this many strangers in a long while. But really, what else has the effect of wearing head-to-toe yellow? It makes me want to coach a basketball team every time…

Dee Always Sunny yellow suit

Also, power suit naw. Power ASS.

Rebdolls yellow two piece set

Rebdolls yellow two piece set

So here’s the rub. I love two piece sets because I also fucking love crop tops. And when I saw the next set, I was drawn to it but incredibly apprehensive. After all, I am short as shit and while there’s no hiding that, I prefer to not make myself look shorter with lower waistlines. Still, I was oddly compelled to try this.

Elvi plus size plaid dress and pants

This just might be one of those reliving-my-punk-youth moments.

Elvi plus size plaid dress and pants

This was also my first purchase from UK brand Elvi. I have to say I was pleased with the quality and the price point and I really dig their 70s-inspired aesthetic. It’s very similar to Eloquii but with a more conservative use of colors.

Elvi plus size plaid dress and pants

Shopping Linkies:

“You Got Me” pleated two piece set | Rebdolls
Leopard boots | Poshmark (Join with code GOCLP for a $5 credit!)
Checked shift dress | Elvi
Checked trousers | Elvi
Sunglasses | Old Navy (Get 2% Cash Back with Ebates! Join here.)

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I was going to start out with a rant about how being with someone for almost 10 years can make it hard to really wow them but I’m pretty lucky. My husband is insanely easy to please. A nicely cooked egg or some hastily-applied lipstick is usually the effort level it takes to make him to say, “Aww, I get to be with you forever? Awesome.” Nonetheless, making his jaw drop is what I occasionally like to go for and I’ve been meaning to incorporate some butt flashing into my evening wardrobe. Then I found this little number at a thrift store!

Plus size sheer dress

The lace pattern on this sheer dress makes the fact that I am essentially walking around in underwear a little less conspicuous. They also perfectly matched these super sexy thigh bands with one amazing purpose in mind–anti-chafing!

Bandelettes anti-chafing thigh bands

These Bandelettes were comfortable and stayed in place pretty easily. There was some slight roll-down in the back at the very top of the band (because BOOTY), but other than that, they held up amazingly.

Bandelettes anti-chafing thigh bands

This whole look felt like I was wearing lingerie in public and I have to say, I’m about it. That really is the most tragic thing about lingerie when you’re not polyamorous–only one person gets to see it. Boo.

Bandelettes anti-chafing thigh bands

Needless to say, hubs was about it, too. He’s gonna want to skip dessert on Valentine’s Day. Buuuut I’m gonna make him wait for a 20-minute soufflé. Because Feminism.

Boohoo plus size velvet bodysuit

Ughhhhh velvet. I just want to wrap my entire life in it. I made it worse recently by watching The Princess Bride for the first time in like a whole month and even the dudes wear pastel velvet it’s so good *dies*.

Boohoo plus size velvet bodysuit

This sheer skirt was white. I wanted to dye it blush. It came out HOT PINK. I bleached it then dyed two more times only for it to come out the exact same color as this bodysuit. Kinda meant to be. Although I’m still mourning not being able to do a pink and blush combo. Seriously sad about it.

Crystal choker

And what velvet-driven outfit isn’t complete with a crystal necklace for some “good witch” vibes? My big Valentine also loved this look but my lil’ Valentine’s seal of approval was the best part.

And once you invite him in front of a camera, it’s hard to get him focused on anything else.

Damn he looks good in pink. Also, this out-take tickles me:

Shopping Linkies:

Bandelettes in Beige Jasmine | Amazon
Belle Velvet Bodysuit | Boohoo (3.5% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)
Canvas Slip-On Lite | Vans (4% Cash Back at Ebates! Join here.)

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True story: When I found out I was pregnant, one of the first things I got excited about was the idea of one day owning my very own handmade macaroni necklace. I mean, priorities. However, my son is barely four and I am still waiting for the day he makes me custom crafts. Even his drawings are still in the scribble-that-looks-nothing-like-a-duck-but-you-humor-him-and-say-oh-that’s-the-best-duck-ever phase. So I thought my nine-year-old niece was much better suited to the challenge of designing a dress for both me and herself.

CowCow Yaas custom dress template

CowCow Yaas (Young Aspiring Artists) made this as non-complicated as it gets. You select a shirt or dress, sleeveless or not, in your desired size and print out a template. Then you draw right on it! Lumina here is quite taken with Minecraft so here she is, hard at work on her Herobrine cat dress.

CowCow Yaas custom dress template

She then asked what kind of cats I like, making it clear she would like to stay on theme for both of our dresses. Designers. So persnickety. (I told her I liked Pusheen cats.) When she was done drawing on both templates, I snapped a quick photo of them and uploaded them to the CowCow website. Fast forward a few weeks later and…

CowCow Yaas custom womens and kids dresses

My little nerdlette is all kinds of stoked. And I was pretty amazed at how accurate the print and colors came out! Bonus points for being able to draw on the backs of the templates, too.

CowCow Yaas custom womens and kids dresses

I’m so happy that something like this is size inclusive. Doing this project with my niece, combining her artistic flare and interests with my closet worship, was a total bonding experience. I hope they expand their capabilities to include leggings, womens tops and other cuts of dresses. If they did, I’d be drawing my own crop tops ALL DAMN DAY.

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So let’s just get one thing straight–I am not an athlete or gym rat. I enjoy occasional yoga to calm my nerves and strengthen my shoulders (which are fucked from a decade of desk work). I love brisk-ass walks along the marina and swimming laps. And when I’m really mad, there is nothing better than blasting The Dear Hunter in my earbuds while pounding away on the elliptical. But I’m not one of those “good fatties,” dispelling the myths of fat = sudden death. Those ladies give me life and they are a treasure to the movement but you should know that I’m not trying to be fraudulent and paint myself as someone who DOESN’T shake like cray whilst in tree pose.

Lucy Activewear extended sizes

I just got lucky with that shot. Also, I’m not even in full tree. Anyway, as a casual mover, as a person who values comfort and cute things to wear whether I am sweating or not, I was excited to try lucy Activewear’s extended sizes. They had prints, they had my size. Sold.

Lucy Activewear extended sizes

Then I got a lot more than I bargained for. These are, hands down, the softest, best fitting, best constructed leggings I have ever worn. Remember Homer in the clown pants?

Homer The Simpsons clown pants GIF

Yiss.

lucy Activewear plus sizes

And this top, guys, it’s got a mesh built-in bra. Which for my D-cups won’t do much during cardio sessions (I’m all over it for yoga though). However, we all know not all fat babes have the burden of big boobs so I just love the option. Plus, it has a zip pocket on the back, which is amazing since all activewear needs fucking pockets OMG why doesn’t all activewear have pockets?

lucy Activewear plus sizes

I legit lived in those leggings for two whole days. They also have hidden pockets in the waistband. Lurve.

This next set I did not buy for the purposes of working out because I think it just might be too fabulous not to hit the town in. But I can’t deny that this would make one amazing yoga ‘fit.

Plus Equals plus size crop top and leggings

Like, come on. I didn’t know it was possible to dress up as a mushroom trip but now that I do, my Halloweens (and Tuesdays) will never be the same.

Plus Equals plus size crop top and leggings

My FUPA is in full effect here and if you’re gonna see its mass and might, it’s GONNA be covered in eyeballs goddamnit. After all, when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back at you…

Plus Equals plus size crop top and leggings

I just gotta Jazzersize it out.

Plus Equals plus size crop top and leggings

I’ve said this before and I’ve meant it but maybe not as hard as I mean it now after taking these photos but FUCK FLATTERING. My fucking body is flesh, blood, fat, guts, black stuff, angles, lines, shadows, real, imagined. It is what it is depending solely on how you look at it. And when I look at it literally covered in joy, I feel the most connected to it and have no desire to give a fraction of a fuck about what lines may be “out of place.” (OK maybe a fraction but I take that fuck right back. I’m sorry I dangled that little fuck in front of you only to yank it away and say “never mind, I’ll keep this.” That’s rude.)

Shopping Linkies:

Fitness Fix Tank | lucy Activewear (5% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
Studio Hatha Legging | lucy Activewear (5% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
Eyes Crop Top | Plus Equals
Eyes Leggings | Plus Equals 

*Sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
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I remember the time I got very “altered” and went to the movies to see Cabin in the Woods. As the plot unfolded to reveal a self-aware horror movie within a horror movie, one of my viewing companions kept muttering in stoney awe, “It’s so meta. It’s just so meta.” That’s the first thing I thought of when I started seeing graphic tees featuring fashion editorials.

Gold lips graphic tee

I of course already had this amazingly glittery gold lip gloss, but I needed a black tipped nail. And because I refuse to get another acrylic set, I had to go the glue-on route. Luckily, Etsy is the solution to all my problems…except my credit card statement.

Dippy Cow glue on nails

This stained glass set was custom-made just for moi and I love them even more because I can take them off when I’m done channeling my inner Maleficent.

Gold lips graphic tee

I’d been waiting to wear this buttery-ass skirt and the tee is also very soft so aside from the heels and talons, I could have lived all day in this look. Plus there are few combinations I love more than the sleek/slob combo. Like a distressed tee with a tailored skirt or a peplum top with slouchy boyfriend jeans. My grunge roots prevent me from having both my northern and southern hemispheres looking proper simultaneously. If they do, there is belly separating them so people have at least some way of knowing I’m a nasty lil’ punk.

Black pleated midi skirt

Black pleated midi skirt

STOP. Giffy time.

Black pleated midi skirt

Stay tuned for more of these meta moments! I had a lot of fun with this one.

Shopping Linkies:

Gold Lips Boxy Tee | EXPRESS (2.5% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
Bite Beauty Gold Crème Lip Gloss | Sephora (8% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
ASOS SATURDAY Pointed Heels | ASOS (2.5% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
Free Press Accordion Pleat Faux Suede Skirt | Nordstrom Rack (1% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)
Stained Glass Nails | Dippy Cow Nails at Etsy (1% Cash Back at Ebates. Join here!)